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Patterns of Influence

PARIS — In the fantasy-versus-reality debate in fashion, the side that Christian Lacroix takes is no secret. And, while his fall couture collection wasn’t among his most elaborate, there were still frills, laces, silks and tassels aplenty....

PARIS — In the fantasy-versus-reality debate in fashion, the side that Christian Lacroix takes is no secret. And, while his fall couture collection wasn’t among his most elaborate, there were still frills, laces, silks and tassels aplenty. Big feather hats were shown with everything, even with suits or jackets that featured fur or animal motifs. Here, Lacroix’s boldly patterned coat, pants and top. For more on the season, see pages 4 and 5.